My name is Jordan Louks, and I am pastor of the Ethan and Alexandria UMC. My wife, Alyssa, and I are very excited to begin this journey with you. I finished my Masters of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I graduated May 2018, and then in June 2018, I was commissioned as a provisional elder in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
I was born in Casper, Wyoming, but my hometown is Spearfish, South Dakota, where I lived for most of my life. Alyssa is from Madison, South Dakota. Both Alyssa and I went to college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish where I received a B.S. in History and Political Science with a minor in American Indian Studies and Alyssa received a B.S. in Biology and Psychology. My home church is Spearfish First United Methodist Church, and it was at one of the college-aged ministry groups that I met Alyssa. And it was through this college-aged group and music that I was able to hear God calling me into church leadership and ultimately ordained ministry. Alyssa and I have been married for two and a half years now, and have lived in Evanston for most of our marriage. We have two cats named Chocolate and Chubbs, and they are going to be three years old in May.
I am very much looking forward to learning all of your stories and finding out where God is leading Alexandria and Ethan. I wish you all the best in these coming months, and I will be praying for all of you. Thank you so much for this opportunity to come and serve in your communities.
Grace and Peace,
Jordan Louks and Alyssa Warns